Rita M. Dunaway
As Virginia’s marriage amendment comes under attack both in the courts and the legislature, Virginians should be critically examining the question of why the state regulates marriage and whether its definition should be stretched to encompass committed same-sex couples. Having done that, we should consider what our answers mean for all marriages.
Those who favor expanding marriage have framed the issue as one of equality or non-discrimination. While these labels are incredibly effective at winning popular support for the cause, they are misplaced in this debate.
Dunaway is vice president of public policy for Virginia Christian Alliance. She lives in Harrisonburg.